Keep your garden growing - see what to plant right now

Growing Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P              

(Best months for growing Peas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 75°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 3 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Pick the pods every day to increase production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Potatoes
  • Young pea plant
    Young pea plant

Peas are best grown in cooler seasons. Peas need some support when growing, tree prunings with lots of small twigs are a cheap and handy source. Or else strings between posts or wire netting. the peas need tying in the early stages, until they start producing tendrils and clinging to the support.

Some pea varieties are called 'dwarf' but to make harvesting easier it is a good idea to support the plants.

Pick pea pods while young and pick them often to keep them producing.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Peas

Raw straight from the pod in the garden is best!
Raw in salads.
Steamed lightly.
Small pods can be steamed whole.

Your comments and tips

08 Feb 18, Robbie (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I buy the bulk dried peas pod in Melbourne area? Any body can help? Thank you for ur help Best regards. Robbie
09 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A very open question. Do you want the pod or the seeds. If the pods - good luck with that. If seeds -- dried seeds for what - eat or plant. Bulk - 250 g 400g or 10 kilo. A company in Tasmania called southern harvest on the internet sells in lots up to 400gms. 400gms costs from $8 to $17 depending on which pea seed. You could contact them to see if they sell 1 kg or whatever yo are after. Otherwise jump on the internet and start searching for Melbourne suppliers if it has to be Melbourne.
28 Nov 17, Cath (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Can you grow peas from fresh bought pods?
02 Jul 17, Harry (Australia - temperate climate)
How long do peas live for
07 Jul 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Peas are an annual plant and will get straggly and unproductive later in the season.
12 Jun 17, Maurice (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello, Do you have any helpful tips for vegetable seed saving and propogation ? Thank you.
16 Jun 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Let the plant go to nearly dying or pick the seed pod for peas when they are full size and the pod is drying out. Put them in a container and let them dry - a week or two. Then put them in a sealable packet (plastic) or paper and put them in a sealable jar and store in the bottom of the fridge. When you want to use them, take jar out of the fridge and let sit for awhile. 1/2 hr or so. Then you can plant. I have tried growing seeds this year and for some plants it isn't that easy. Things like corn peas beans tomatoes etc that germinate quick and grow quick are a lot easier than small seeds. Lettuce cabbage broccoli need a lot of attention and watering regularly. Celery takes forever to germinate and grow. I have worked out things to plant in the ground, as seedlings and in punnets. It is a work in progress. Plant Garden Plant seedlings Plant seeds / punnets Corn Cabbage Capsicum Snow Peas Broccoli Tomatoes Beans Lettuce Baby Spinish Beetroot Hon Tai Shallots Radish Zucchini
15 Jun 17, Sean (Australia - temperate climate)
Select a good plant, fruit or pod for seed saving. This will help ensure that the resultant plants will also be good. For beans and peas let the pods ripen and dry out on the plant then shell them and save the seed in a paper bag with the name and date on it. Most other seeds can be saved after the plant has flowered and the seed head is starting to ripen. Cover the seed head with a paper bag and tie it so the seeds won't be lost when they are dispersed from the seed head. label and save as beans/peas. Trust this helps.
01 May 17, Nick (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I save my New Guinea bean seeds if my bean is still green. As it has fallen of the vine because it was over 6kg and 2foot 4 long ,must have been a tad heavy for the vine. Ta for pea info jo
28 Apr 17, Jo (Australia - temperate climate)
Plant purple-podded peas the same as you would other peas; between autumn and early spring as they are a cool season crop
Showing 1 - 10 of 91 comments

How long do peas live for

- Harry

Please provide your email address if you are hoping for a reply

All comments are reviewed before displaying on the site, so your posting will not appear immediately

Gardenate App

Buy the app for iPhone/iPod, iPad or Android and support Gardenate

Planting reminders

Join 30,000+ gardeners who rely on Gardenate. Subscribe to our free planting reminders email newsletter

Home | Vegetables and herbs to plant | Climate zones | About Gardenate | Contact us | Privacy Policy

This planting guide is a general reference intended for home gardeners. We recommend that you take into account your local conditions in making planting decisions. Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. The information on this site is presented in good faith, but we take no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information provided.
We cannot help if you are overrun by giant slugs.